Tiger King: Carole's ex-boyfriend makes claims about Don's disappearance

Further claims have emerged surrounding the disappearance and death of Tiger King star Carole Baskin’s ex-husband Don Lewis.

The seven-part series follows the war between Joe Exotic, the eccentric owner of G.W. Zoo, and the equally eccentric Carole, animal activist and lead at Big Cat Rescue, who was trying to take him down.

The episode, which focused on Don going missing in 1997 and being declared dead five years later, mainly centred around the theory that Carole had murdered him and fed his remains to her big cats.

Although since it’s launch on Netflix, new accounts of what happened has come to light and Carole’s ex-boyfriend Jay Baykal who sought a restraining order against her, which was denied by the court, has made some bold claims.

Author Robert Moor shared a series of tweets about the documentary, and in one he posted a link to the apparent restraining order Jay filed against Carole.

Although the application for the restraining order was denied by the court on the basis that there was no factual evidence of violence or threat of imminent fear.

Robert’s tweet read: ‘After Don Lewis vanished, but before Carole married Howard, she dated a guy named Jay Baykal.

‘In 2002, Jay filed a restraining order against Carole, which includes some bizarre and suspicious-sounding details regarding Don’s disappearance.’

Part of the restraining order application read: ‘Her prior husband presumed dead, one day she (Carole) said to me when I asked her “what happens if your husband shows up now?”.

‘Her response was “Dead bodies can’t talk”.’

The statement went on to read: ‘Her former husband’s daughter told me she could be dangerous and watch my back.’

Taking to the Big Cat Rescue website, Carole accused the seven-part series of being ‘salacious and sensational’ just to draw in viewers.

She also spoke of their relationship and insisted she did everything to help the police with their inquiry.

‘Don was not easy to live with and like most couples we had our moments,’ she began.

‘But I never threatened him and I certainly had nothing to do with his disappearance.

‘When he disappeared, I did everything I could to assist the police.’

In the post, she also told how his behaviour before he disappeared became ‘increasingly strange’.

‘He started refusing to use the bathroom and defecating outside. He brought in a homeless man to stay in our house,’ she explained.

‘I rescheduled an appointment for him to see the specialist Dr Gold but he disappeared before the appointment date.’


Going through the series of events that led to his disappearance, Carole recalled: ‘There is no short, simple way to refute so many lies.

‘If you do want to know the truth, it requires understanding the history of events in the years before my husband’s disappearance and the roles and behaviours of the people interviewed in the series.’

Although Carole branded this theory the most ‘ludicrous’ of all.

‘As Gladys and the daughters did everything they could to make life difficult for me after Don disappeared, they spread this rumour that they thought I had ground Don up and fed him to the cats,’ she went on. ‘And the media loved it.

‘The meat grinder shown in the video was enormous. Our meat grinder was one of those little tabletop, hand crank things like you’d have in your kitchen at home, like the one pictured here.’

Metro.co.uk has reached out to Carole Haskin and Netflix for comment.

Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is available now on Netflix.

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